Average Bench: 35.6% (56th of 639)

Based on 261 user benchmarks.  Device: VID 1058 PID 25a2 Model: WD Elements 25A2
Poor: 15%Average: 35.6% Great: 53%

Poor average bench

The WD Elements 25A2 3TB averaged 64.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 10.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.22MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Elements 25A2 3TB is 38.2%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Elements 25A2 3TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 0.37MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.88MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 261 samples)
Min Avg Max
27.5 Read 82.1 126
23.3 Write 76.8 117
21.7 Mixed 66.3 104
22.6 SusWrite 74.6 115
101% 74.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.31 4K Read 0.88 1.3
1 4K Write 2.22 6.3
0.17 4K Mixed 0.56 0.9
98.1% 1.22 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 DQ Read 0.37 0.4
9.6 DQ Write 10.3 10.6
0.5 DQ Mixed 0.57 0.6
370% 3.73 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest USB (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
1TB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 87 88 88 88 85 87 MB/s
Read 91
Write 91.3
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 87.2
112% 82.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 6.6
4K Mixed 0.6
248% 2.7 MB/s
2TB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 114 115 113 113 113 114 MB/s
Read 122
Write 114
Mixed 110
SusWrite 114
156% 115 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.9
96% 1.23 MB/s
1TB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 78 78 77 78 78 77 MB/s
Read 87.5
Write 76.7
Mixed 62.3
SusWrite 77.5
102% 76 MB/s
4K Read 1.5
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.8
121% 1.63 MB/s
149GB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.0 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 111 110 113 111 113 MB/s
Read 60
Write 62.3
Mixed 62.2
SusWrite 111
105% 73.9 MB/s
4K Read 1
4K Write 1.3
4K Mixed 0.8
75% 1.03 MB/s
292GB free, PID 25a2
Operating at USB 3.1 Speed
SusWrite @10s intervals: 43 37 35 32 33 38 MB/s
Read 39.9
Write 44.3
Mixed 28.2
SusWrite 36.4
50% 37.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.5
4K Write 1.1
4K Mixed 0.3
50% 0.63 MB/s
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